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Riad Chbanate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #3 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
Oslo, Norway
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“Best hotel, excellent staff. Not sure we'll be able to top this.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Riad Chbanate is hands down one of the best hotels. We stayed in the Oriental suite and couldn't have been happier. Upon arriving from Marrakech, the staff made us feel relaxed while they took care of belongings, made dinner suggestions. The breakfast is the best we had in Morocco. Essaouira, in general misses some details when it tourism, but Chbanate didn't miss a single detail. I would go back to Morocco just for this hotel.

Room Tip: Go only when you can rent the Oriental room. One of the finer bathrooms we've experienced.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is hands down one of the best places we have ever stayed. The service, staff and attention to every detail was impeccable. Thanks to all of the staff for making our stay so special and all of the sage advice on restaurants, shopping, etc. The Riad is absolutely beautiful and in nice quiet location with a few minutes walking distances to everything. It was so nice to be able to come back in the evening- have a glass of wine, have a few snacks, and sit by the fire. Breakfast was by far, superior to anything we had in Morocco - homemade bread, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, local yogurt, omelets, etc. We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. And definitely go for the Oriental room if you enjoy a decadent bath and fire in your room. Absolutely sensational. I can't imagine there could be a better place to stay in Essaouria. It's worth a little extra splurge because the value for the money is unbeatable.

Room Tip: Go for the Oriental room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

WOW! WOW! WOW! this fabulous Riad in Essaouira simply delivered on all levels. It's a 5 star hotel experience in a Riad. Greg, Nawal & the other staff couldn't have been more thoughtful, helpful, friendly & results oriented. Our room on the top with views of the ocean was superb. Nothing negative to say. We were only going to stay 2 nights & extended it to six. We'll be back to Essaouira and back to this Riad!

Room Tip: Our room at the top required ascending 4 flights of stairs, didn't bother us though. The WIFI wa...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This was my favourite Riad on our Morocco trip. This Riad is expensive in comparison to some of the other riads in Essaouira, but it proved to be worth it. We spent 5 days in this Riad, and it was brilliant to have somewhere so lovely, quiet and friendly to come in relax in when we were done with sightseeing/shopping etc. The room was beautiful and large, and the bathtub fabulous! But what really makes this place worth the extra money is the staff who makes the Riad feel homely and friendly. Their English was excellent, we were given a map and an explanation of the area, and there was always someone to greet us or to offer us a drink when we were in the Riad. On a lazy sunny winter morning, I fell asleep on a lounger on the terrace and a member of staff placed a blanket over me whilst I snoozed.

Breakfast was a feast - fruit & yogurt, pancakes, m'smen (flatbread), breads, croissants and condiments. A carb feast indeed, and we had to make sure we had long walks on the beach to compensate for all that food. We had one evening meal at the Riad (lamb & chicken tajine with couscous) it was delicious!

The Medina in Essaouira is small enough that everywhere is within walking distance and with the Riad being at the opposite end of the harbour square I ended up enjoying the daily stroll and seeing the buzz around the main market street. Also with Essaouira being so windy, it's actually better not being right next to the windy seafront.

If your budget allows and you want somewhere relaxing with an excellent bathtub to relax, I can highly recommend Riad Chbanate. Thank you to all the lovely staff who made us feel so welcome, we miss it already!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in the recently opened Chbanate suite as part of our honeymoon in Morocco and we had a fabulous time in this beautiful riad. The staff were friendly and very welcoming.

The view from our room was fantastic, you could see across the whole Medina and into the ocean.

The only gripes I had and this is clutching at straws, is that in our room being on the top floor the wifi access was very limited.Also we had to put the rug under the bed as they were very slippery against the wooden flooring. But like I said clutching a straws to find fault.

For anyone looking for things to do we would definitely recommend the quad biking with Essa-Evasion. 2hrs of driving through beautiful golden beaches, rocky terrain and more, this is a must. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g298349-d1946067-Reviews-Essa_Evasion_Private_Tours-Essaouira_Marrakech_Tensift_El_Haouz_Region.html

I would definitely avoid the Luxspa in the Medina which the riad suggests. We went there for a hammam and left disappointed. the whole experience was rushed and unsatisfying. (think staff outside your door laughing and watching tv while you are meant to be relaxing). For 600dh it was not worth it. One of the riad staff said afterwards when should have tried a hammam/massage for the locals which is 10dh a fraction of the price. I would suggest finding out the locality of one of these before attempting any hammam booking.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Århus, Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This Riad - which is apparently pronounced "shbnat" - has international class and is highly recommended (if you can afford it). The rooms, the service, and the food are all excellent. If it's too cold to have breakfast in the "court yard" area, which was the case in December, there is a very cozy restaurant room next to it, with a lit fireplace!
The place is tastily decorated and has a 'lounge' atmosphere. In our room there was only a curtain separating the toilet/shower from the rest, which might be an issue for some. But in return there is a nice sunny roof terrace where one can go.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toulouse, France
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Just spent 4 nights at this peaceful retreat and would like to thank all the lovely staff for their friendliness attention and superb service.Greggy and noelle were amazing front of house and the lady chef with a fabulous smile made us an excellent cous cous with lamb and chichen served in front of the fire on request.Samir took us to a local Hammam 2 minutes away,gave us a rigorous body scrub and a massage that was passionate,strong and technically brilliant.Stayed in Room maresque with massive bath for 2,fill it up with hot water,some argon oil and soak your stesses away.Try the lovely wines french and moroccan.Thanks everyone,you were amazing and the riad full of atmosphere.Love and best wishes Jonathan and Martin

Room Tip: maresque room right on roof terrace with sun loungers and jacuzzi with the huge bath ans shower
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Chbanate 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional, 18th century Moroccan residence was once home to the Caid d'Essaouira and his family.Located in the Medina of Essaouira the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a 5 minutes walk from the beach.Through a complete renovation, this authentic riad has been transformed into a residence of modern comfort and elegant surroundings. A jewel of the Essaouira Medina, Riad Chbanate welcomes you with a delicate ambiance created by the timeless magic and perfumes of the Orient. Riad Chbanate has been renovated with care and elegance to offer you an authentic, tasteful, and very comfortable environment. The services provided by Riad Chbanate are worthy of the much larger luxury hotels of Morocco. Step through the door of Riad Chbanate and discover its unique magic. Warm and friendly, with the comfort of luxury hotel services, it is only natural that guests feel at home in Riad Chbanate. Faithful to traditional design, and to ensure exceptional comfort, Riad Chbanate is a perfect blend of Moroccan craftsmanship and modern convenience. In the Moroccan tradition of generous and flavorful meals, Riad Chbanate invites you to discover the specialties of the region with each gourmet dining experience. With attentive service and a personalized concierge, the staff of Riad Chbanate is at your disposal, at all times, for your utmost comfort. ... more   less 
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